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Zero hours contracts are sometimes used by employers that require flexibility in their workforce, for example where the need for workers is unpredictable. Under a zero hours contract, the employer is not obliged to offer the worker a set number of hours. Their use has attracted controversy and in 2013 the government outlined plans to restrict the use of “exclusivity clauses” whereby workers are stopped from working for other employers.
4 Feb 2020
Research published today shows that 36% of UK employees report having a “low-quality” job.
Analysis of the Household Longitudinal Study...
16 Sep 2019
The youngest and oldest staff working in atypical ways, such as temporary work, are the most at risk of missing...
10 Sep 2019
A future Labour government would create a ministry of employment rights and a workers’ protection agency, Jeremy Corbyn has announced....
19 Jul 2019
The government has announced new proposals of compensation for workers when their shift is cancelled at short notice
16 Jul 2019
With traditional union membership in decline, employees are finding new ways to voice their opposition to corporate decisions, as shown...
12 Jul 2019
The death of a likely-fatigued rail maintenance worker has prompted call for widespread change in the industry
4 Jul 2019
Seven in 10 university academics and teaching staff say their mental health has been “damaged” by working on insecure contracts,...
12 Jun 2019
One sixth of UK workers – around 5.1 million people – are in insecure, low-paid work, according to new research....
6 Jun 2019
The Independent Workers’ Union of Great Britain (IWGB) has urged one of London’s most exclusive membership clubs to ensure its...
25 Apr 2019
The government must rethink its approach to lifelong learning and ensure that it educates younger people for longer working lives,...
11 Apr 2019
The outsourcing company ISS faces protests today over changes to its payroll system that will see it withhold the pay...
2 Apr 2019
If a witness in a disciplinary procedure wishes to remain anonymous, how can the employer balance their privacy against the...
20 Feb 2019
In December 2018, the government set out the reforms it planned to introduce as part of the Good Work Plan,...
1 Feb 2019
The number of business-related laws passed in 2018 fell by 27%, according to research by Thomson Reuters. With civil service...